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    Venezuela Parliament Strips Immunity from Lawmakers Over Drone Attack

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    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Venezuela’s constituent assembly on Wednesday stripped parliamentary immunity from Julio Borges and Juan Requesens accused of ties to an apparent drone attack on President Nicolas Maduro.

    The pro-government legislature voted unanimously for the move, the local AVN news agency said. Borges responded by calling the decision a "farce" and accused authorities of kidnapping Requesens.

    The vote followed a ruling by the Supreme Court to detained both lawmakers. Requesens was arrested before his immunity was lifted, while Borges fled to neighboring Colombia.

    READ MORE: Venezuelan Opposition Lawmakers May Lose Immunity Over Links to Attack on Maduro

    Maduro initially blamed Colombia for organizing an assassination attempt on him during a public speech last week when two explosives-laden drones went off next to his stand. Several people were injured but the president escaped unhurt.

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